Hiking The Fire Point Loop Trail In Effigy Mounds National Monument
Effigy Mounds National Monument is located in northeast Iowa along the banks of the Mississippi River and holds the distinction of being the state’s only national monument.
The monument preserves over 200 prehistoric mounds, including numerous effigy mounds shaped like animals.
One of the favored trails within the monument is the Fire Point Trail.
This popular hike spans approximately 1.8 miles round trip, featuring a modest elevation gain of just over 300 feet. Conveniently starting beside the visitor center, the trail is easily accessible after crossing a short bridge.
Visitors will find over 25 mounds during the hike, including two effigy (animal-shaped) mounds: Little Bear and Great Bear Mounds. Additionally, the trail offers two scenic overlooks providing views of the Mississippi River.
When you reach the bear effigy mounds take a few moments to study them. Does it look like a bear or some other animal? What do you see?
For those seeking an extended adventure, the Hanging Rock Trail adds another two miles to the hike.
The Fire Point Trail is nice if mounds are something that interest you. They don’t do anything for me, but the hubby had fun.
Visitors can enhance their experience by picking up a brochure at the visitor center, offering additional insights into the monument’s history and significance.
A gentle reminder to stay on the designated trails, as walking on the mounds or removing natural objects from the park is strictly prohibited.